Executive Director Perry Aasness To Leave Minnesota AgriGrowth Council After Five Years:
St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota AgriGrowth Council (AgriGrowth) announced today that Executive Director Perry Aasness is leaving the organization after five years to join Compeer Financial as their Vice President of Legislative Affairs. Compeer Financial is a member-owned, Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Aasness has served as AgriGrowth’s executive director since July 2013, after previously serving in leadership roles with Minnesota Farm Bureau, National Pork Board, USDA Farm Service Agency, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. In his new capacity with Compeer Financial, Aasness will lead and direct the organization’s legislative affairs at the state and federal level, including representing the member-owned, Farm Credit cooperative in Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Washington, DC. Compeer Financial was formed in July 2017 as a result of a merger of Minnesota-based AgStar Financial Services, Wisconsin-based Badgerland Financial and Illinois-based 1st Farm Credit Services.
Aasness will continue to serve as AgriGrowth’s executive director through August 31, 2018. The AgriGrowth Board of Directors have hired former Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Gene Hugoson to serve as interim executive director while the organization undergoes a search process for a new executive director.
“Serving the board and membership of AgriGrowth as executive director for the past 5 years has been a distinct honor and a highlight of my career,” said Aasness. “AgriGrowth plays an essential role in representing and advocating for Minnesota’s agriculture and food sector with policy makers at both the state and federal level. I’m grateful for the opportunity AgriGrowth provided me to work on their behalf to help support and enhance the business climate for this important sector of Minnesota’s economy.”
The Minnesota AgriGrowth Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan member organization representing the agriculture and food systems industry. Formed in 1968, AgriGrowth’s strategic approach to public policy advocacy, issues management and collaboration seeks to foster long-term sustainability, competitiveness, and business growth. More information can be found at agrigrowth.org or by following AgriGrowth’s Twitter account at @mn_agrigrowth